Daily Writing Prompts - October

October Writing Prompts

October Writing Prompts

Below are daily writing prompts for the month of October. The majority of the prompts are related to the various events on our October Events Calendar. These events include birthdays, holidays, monthly celebrations, and important dates in history. Some of the dates include two different writing prompts to choose from. You can download a PDF form of the writing prompt.

Don't forget to also print a copy of our October Events Calendar. This will help you utilize the daily writing prompts.

More Lesson Plans! We also have a bunch of other October Activities, Lesson Plans and Resources.

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October 1
On this day in 1908, Henry Ford introduced the Model T.  Explain what you think a car of the future may look like. PDF

Today is “National Homemade Cookies Day.” Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Snickerdoodles, are some ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 2
October 2, 1950, the Peanuts comic was introduced to the world.  Develop a comic strip of your own.  Focusing on 2-3 characters, create your first strip. PDF

Today is “National Custodial Workers Recognition Day.” Take the time to ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 3
SOS was designated as the international distress code in 1906. This distress code is made using Morse code. Create your own type of code system that would allow you to share secret messages. PDF

Today is “National Techies Day.” What is ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 4
On this day in 1957, Sputnik I, the first space vehicle was launched. Would you like to travel into space? If yes, explain what you would like to explore. If no, explain why you would want to keep yourself on earth. PDF

Today is “National Taco Day.” Tacos come in a variety of flavors. Think about your favorite type of taco. ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 5
The founder of McDonald's was born on this day in 1902. There is always a lot of discussion surrounding the unhealthy aspects of fast food restaurants. Write a paragraph persuading someone not to eat fast food. PDF

Today is “National Do Something Nice Day.” It’s that simple. Think of something ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 6
On this day in 1889, Thomas Edison showed the 1st motion picture using a Kinetoscope he had invented. Some people may argue that this was one of the most important inventions in history. What do you think was the most important invention ever and why? PDF

Today is “National Mad Hatter Day.” This is a fun, silly day based on the Mad Hatter who is a fictional character from Alice in Wonderland story. Create ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 7
In 1986, the rose became the U.S. National Flower.  Do you think this was a good choice for our country?  Would you have picked a different flower?  Why? PDF

October is “National Bat Appreciation Month.” Bats are often associated with Halloween. Explain ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 8
J. Frank Duryea, who was born on this day in 1869, with his brother Charles, built and operated the first automobile in the US. He also won America's first automobile race.  If you could participate in any type of race what would it be and why?  Would it be on land, in the water, in the air? PDF

Today is “National Fluffernutter Day.” This is a day when you are encouraged to eat a sandwich made from peanut butter and marshmallow fluff! How do ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 9
On this day in 1876, the first two-way telephone conversation took place.  If you could call anyone, who would it be and why? PDF

Today is “National Chess Day.” Chess is a game that takes a great deal of skill and strategy. Thinking about the games you like ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 10
English chemist and physicist Henry Cavendish was born in England on this day in 1731.  If you were a scientist today, what would you hope to discover?  PDF

October is “National Eat Better, Eat Together Month.” Does your family consistently ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 11
First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt was born on this day in 1884.  She was quoted as saying:  “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”  What do you think she meant by that? PDF

October is “National Pizza Month.” Pizza...a favorite of both young and old. So what ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 12
Today is "Columbus Day" in honor of explorer Christopher Columbus. Describe an area of Earth that you would like to explore and explain your reasons for wanting to explore that specific area. PDF

Today is National Farmer’s Day.  What do you think is the most important crop grown by farmers? PDF

Today is “National Farmer’s Day.” Farmers provide us with so much of our daily food. Do you think you would be able to ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 13
On this day in 1860, the first aerial photo in the US was taken from a balloon in Boston.  What are the advantages or disadvantages to aerial photography? PDF

Today is “National Train Your Brain Day.” Keeping your brain active is important. Make a list ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 14
Dwight David Eisenhower, the 34th President, was born on this day in 1890.  If you were asked to redesign the one dollar coin, who would you put on the coin and why? PDF

Today is “National Dessert Day.” So many of us have a sweet tooth. ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

October 15
Today is "National Grouch Day." If someone around you is being a grouch, what are some ways that you could cheer them up and help them be in a better mood? PDF

Today is “National Grouch Day.” Scientist say that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile. Think about something ... - Premium Prompt (Grades: K-12) *New*

DISCLAIMER: We have provided “suggested” grade levels for some of our writing daily prompts. These suggestions are made based on the content of the prompt, the interest level of the topic, or the level of background knowledge needed to have the most success possible with the prompt. Please remember that these are suggestions only and each prompt can be modified as needed by you, the teacher. Don’t hesitate to get creative and rework the prompt to best fit the age/needs of your students!

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